March 26, 2003 |
In its first deal with an unaffiliated studio, Movielink, the online movie distributor owned by five major Hollywood film companies, is set to announce an agreement today with independent Artisan Entertainment Inc. Financial terms were not disclosed. Movielink is jointly owned by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Universal and Warner Bros.
June 30, 2000 |
Artisan Entertainment Inc., the studio that released last year's sleeper horror hit "The Blair Witch Project," said co-Chief Executive Mark Curcio has quit. Curcio was forced out amid a power struggle with co-CEO Amir Malin and co-President Bill Block, both of whom felt Curcio failed to take advantage of the company's Internet marketing success with "Blair Witch."
October 28, 2003 |
Independent film distributor Artisan Entertainment Inc., best known for the 1999 phenomenon "The Blair Witch Project," is being sold for $160 million in cash to fellow independent Lions Gate Entertainment Corp., the companies said Monday. The sale will mark a further winnowing in the ranks of independent distributors, which often lack the resources and bulk to go it alone.
May 5, 2003 |
Artisan Entertainment Inc. plans to release the first high-definition DVD for the home video market next month. Its lead character is a computer-driven android, which is fitting. That's because the disc will play only on a PC. The movie is "Terminator 2: Judgment Day," already released twice on conventional DVDs, once on regular VHS, once on laserdisc and once on D-VHS, a high-definition version of videotape.
August 15, 2001
Artisan Entertainment President Bill Block is leaving the independent film and video distributor to "seek other investment and restructuring opportunities," the company said. Block, a former talent agent and one of the founding partners of Artisan, said he will retain his 8.2% stake in the company. In 1997, Block helped put together the deal in which investment firm Bain Capital bought Live Entertainment, which became Artisan.
September 29, 2001 |
Artisan Entertainment is acquiring the assets of Landscape Entertainment and installing the fledgling company's founder, Robert Cooper, as vice chairman and head of its movie and television production operations. As part of the deal, Landscape's Canadian shareholder, Bell Globemedia, will transfer its investment to Artisan in exchange for 20% of the parent company, best known for the surprise horror hit "The Blair Witch Project."